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Statement of the San Francisco Immigrant Legal & Education Network (SFILEN) on Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA)

Sep 6, 2017 By Marisela Esparza
Statement of the San Francisco Immigrant Legal & Education Network (SFILEN) on Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) September 6, 2017 Press Contact: Marisela Esparza 510-877-2857 Sam Francisco-Today, the Trump Administration announced the rescission of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. After today, no new DACA applications will be accepted and only DACA recipients whose current DACA expires between September 5, 2017, and March 5, 2018 are eligible to apply for renewal applications until October 5, 2017. The Trump Administration’s announcement

Breaking: SF immigrant groups gather to denounce plan to end DACA, will fight for all immigrants  

Sep 5, 2017 By Marisela Esparza
Contact: Jon Rodney, 510-207-9520 Breaking: SF immigrant groups gather to denounce plan to end DACA, will fight for all immigrants   What: Immigrant, civil rights, and faith groups will hold an emergency news conference to condemn the President’s cruel and unjust decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program in six months. The organizations will also announce plans for 5PM rally today. The groups are organizing to defend both DACA recipients and all 11 million undocumented immigrants from the administration’s deportation machine. 

Job Posting: SF Rapid Response Coordinator

Aug 28, 2017 By Marisela Esparza
DESCRIPTION Part-time Program Coordinator SF Rapid Response Network Program:                  SF Rapid Response Network Compensation:         $23/hour (depending on experience), plus medical Supervised by:          Program Manager, Marisela Esparza Schedule:                  Part-time non-exempt position Work off-site (20 hours a week, flexible work schedule, but may require some evening and weekend hours) About the Network and Position The San Francisco Immigrant Legal & Education Network (SFILEN) is a unique collaboration of 13 community based organizations with decades of experience providing services and/or engaging

KQED features Dolores Street Community Services Immigration Attorneys

Aug 11, 2017 By Daisy Ocampo
In a recent press release titled “Jailing Immigrants Means Money and Jobs for Poor Areas. Is This Deal Humane?” KQED features Dolores Street Community Services immigration attorneys Kelly Wells and Frances Kreimer, who are part of the Deportation Defense and Legal Advocacy Program. AUGUST 2, 2017 “Yuba County is among about 200 U.S. cities and counties that hold ICE detainees in local jails and private prisons under multimillion-dollar contracts with the federal government. Nationally, an average of 37,706 people a day are locked up, facing deportation. That’s

Demand Congress to #DefundHate: STOP Trump’s anti-immigrant agenda!

Aug 11, 2017 By Daisy Ocampo
The Detention Watch Network’s #DefundHate Campaign has new resources to help you mobilize your community to demand that your tax dollars AREN’T USED to finance Trump’s anti-immigrant agenda, which includes further deportations, detentions and border militarization. Sign the petition demanding that Congress say NO to Trump’s budget. For more info about #DefundHate, click here. La campaña #DefundHate de Detention Watch Network tiene nuevos recursos para ayudarte a movilizar a tu comunidad a exigir que tus impuestos NO SE USEN para financiar la agenda anti-inmigrante

GOP officials in 10 states push Trump administration to end DACA program

Aug 8, 2017 By Design Action
June 30, 2017 “Top Republican officials in 10 states are threatening to take legal action against the Trump administration if it does not end an Obama-era program that has granted deportation reprieves to nearly 800,000 undocumented immigrants who arrived in this country as children. In a letter sent to U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions by Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, the group of attorneys general — plus Idaho Gov. C.L. ‘Butch’ Otter — gave the administration until Sept. 5 to begin phasing out the 2012 Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, known

A judge said these kids get a green card. ICE says they get deported

Jul 12, 2017 By Daisy Ocampo
“For the first time, U.S. immigration officials are seeking to deport children who have received a special status for vulnerable migrants and are in the final stages of getting their green cards. State judges and immigration authorities can jointly grant children a special humanitarian designation known as Special Immigrant Juvenile Status if they decide undocumented children have been abandoned, abused or neglected by one of their parents in their home country. Children who qualify are given a U.S. Social Security number, a work permit and a green card. Now, a group of children from

Amid Trump’s win, San Francisco rights groups fight to keep Arab heritage alive

Jun 28, 2017 By Design Action
Tuesday 13 December 2016 20:37 UTC “According to the organisation, 2016 has seen a stark increase in the number of Islamophobic-related incidents in the city, known worldwide for its tolerance and support of minorities. Although there is no specific data on physical or verbal attacks, AROC says it has received many complaints regarding anti-Muslim aggression compared to 2015. ‘We have been working on hate crime-related issues since the days of Bush’s special registration for Muslims, so we have a pretty wide legal base and database about Islamophobia and xenophobic-related

In Alameda County, a New Coalition Aims to Counter Deportations

Jun 28, 2017 By Design Action
MARCH 30, 2017 “In response to the heightened anxiety among undocumented East Bay residents, Alameda County and Oakland are funding a new 24/7 hotline where immigrants can report suspected enforcement activity by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents. The hotline was launched this month and is operated by a coalition, known as the Alameda County Immigration Legal & Education Partnership (ACILEP).”   Article written by Bert Johnson @ To read the full article, click here.

“Indefensible” — Stories of resilience in the face of deportation

Jun 28, 2017 By Design Action
May 25 “Sometimes, officers tell you, ‘Hey, you ain’t shit! This is you, this is your life, you’re nothing but a criminal.’ Hearing that once or twice is nothing, but hearing that day in and day out for months at a time, you start to say, ‘Damn, you know what, maybe I ain’t. Maybe I’m not good enough. Maybe I am what they say that I am.’” Article written by Mizue Aizeki @ To read the complete article, click <a href=””>here</a>.

Hotline Lets SF Residents Report Immigration Raids

Jun 28, 2017 By Design Action
Mon. March 6, 2017, 12:00pm “Operated by the San Francisco Immigrant Legal & Education Network (SFILEN), the hotline can be reached by calling (415) 200-1548 in English, Spanish, Arabic, Mandarin or Cantonese. When calls about suspected ICE actions come in, the organization sends members of its Rapid Response Network to the scene to canvass the area, inform community members of their legal rights, and provide legal support to intervene in deportation proceedings if necessary.” Article written by Teresa Hammerl @ To read the complete article, click here.

See ICE in the City? Call This Number, Say Immigrant Rights Groups

Jun 28, 2017 By Design Action
March 5, 2017 7:00 am “The line is being run by the San Francisco Immigrant Legal & Education Network, known as SFILEN, which consists of 13 supporting organizations. These include CARECEN, PODER, La Raza Centro Legal, La Raza Centro de Recursos, Causa Justa::Just Cause and Dolores Street Community Services. They comprise the Rapid Response Network, a group of advocates ready to assist in immigration emergencies. The hotline is meant for encounters with ICE only, not for general advice about immigration proceedings. It is limited to San Francisco County, cautioned Marisela

Local Groups Mark 10th Annual Immigrant Family Day at SF City Hall, Urge Support for Pro-Immigrant Policies

May 16, 2017 By Design Action
Media advisory for: Thursday, April 28   Press Contact: Omar Ali- 415.244.4929-   LOCAL GROUPS MARK 10TH ANNUAL IMMIGRANT FAMILY DAY AT SF CITY HALL, URGE SUPPORT FOR PRO-IMMIGRANT POLICIES What: News conference and rally When: Thursday, April 28, 2016 at 10:300 a.m. Where: San Francisco City Hall, 1 Dr Carlton B Goodlett Pl. Who: Immigrant community leaders available for interviews in multiple languages including, English, Spanish, Chinese, and Arabic. Why: The San Francisco Immigrant Legal & Education Network (SFILEN) is hosting a press conference

San Francisco: Nativist storm brings disparate communities closer together

Apr 12, 2017 By Design Action
By Norjmoo Battulga on April 2, 2017 Lara Kiswani, The Executive Director of Arab Resource and Organizing Center, one of the four nonprofits manning the hotline, said it was important to build trust within the community as the hotline develops. “We are trying to make sure that everyone who is targeted by the Trump administration and any potential ICE raids has access to the support and legal defense that they need,” Kiswani said. Full Article here.

Sessions Announces ‘New Era’ in Treatment of Undocumented Immigrants

Apr 12, 2017 By Marisela Esparza
BY KAVITHA SURANA APRIL 11, 2017 – 4:19 PM KAVITHA.SURANA @KSURANA6 Immigration experts are also wary of the broad expansion of prosecutorial priorities and warned that directing resources to prosecuting the undocumented will mean other public safety issues may be neglected. “The fact is that increases in prosecution for illegal border crossers is going to take away resources for more serious crimes, meaning, guns, narcotics, and violent crimes,” Greg Chen, director of advocacy for the American Immigration Lawyers Association, said.   Read full article here.

New Hotline Gives San Francisco Residents a Way to Report ICE Immigration Raids and Protect Neighbors

Mar 2, 2017 By Design Action
For Immediate Release: Thursday, March 2, 2017   Press Contact: Marisela Esparza – 510-877-2857 –   NEW HOTLINE GIVES SAN FRANCISCO RESIDENTS A WAY TO REPORT ICE IMMIGRATION RAIDS AND PROTECT NEIGHBORS San Francisco Immigrant Legal & Education Network Launches 24-Hour Hotline (415) 200-1548 Operating in English, Spanish, Arabic, and Chinese SAN FRANCISCO, Calif — As San Francisco comes into sharper conflict with the Trump administration over immigration enforcement tactics, residents now have a hotline to call when they spot